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Inside Waleed Aly’s life away from The Project

He’s one of the most popular presenters on television, known for his hosting role on The Project. 

And now, as he celebrates his third Gold Logie nomination this year, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at Waleed Aly’s life away from the show. 

From being a loving husband to wife Susan Carland, a doting father to their two children, to being a university lecturer and author, it’s no wonder the public is so enamored by the 40-year-old TV star.   

Fan favourite: Inside Waleed Aly's life away from The Project

Fan favourite: Inside Waleed Aly’s life away from The Project

Waleed is married to TV presenter and Australian academic, Susan Carland, 39, who he first met at age 16. 

Susan has been open about converting from Christianity to Sunni Islam at age 19.

She also previously revealed that she once told Waleed that he was the last man she’d ever marry, when they first started dating. 

His support: Waleed is married to TV presenter and Australian academic, Susan Carland, 39, (pictured) who he first met at age 16

His support: Waleed is married to TV presenter and Australian academic, Susan Carland, 39, (pictured) who he first met at age 16

‘He just really annoyed me,’ Susan told The Sydney Morning Herald

‘I think maybe it was that I’d become Muslim so I was dealing with all those changes in my life, telling my family and friends, and I needed everyone to give me some space,’ she said.

But the pair appear to have a rock-solid marriage, with Susan often sharing sweet snaps of herself with Waleed. 

'He just really annoyed me': She also previously revealed that she once told Waleed that he was the last man she'd ever marry, when they first started dating

‘He just really annoyed me’: She also previously revealed that she once told Waleed that he was the last man she’d ever marry, when they first started dating

In 2016 meanwhile, Waleed won the TV Week Silver Logie for Best Presenter and shared a touching tribute to Susan in his acceptance speech. 

‘She’s a seriously a huge source of support for me but she’s so much more than that – a challenge, a provocation and an inspiration,’ Waleed said.

‘It’s a privilege to be able to share my life with you so thank you very much.’

The pair – who have often been dubbed in the media as a ‘power couple’ – share two children together, 15-year-old daughter Aisha and 11-year-old son Zayd.

'It's a privilege to be able to share my life with you': In 2016 meanwhile, Waleed won the TV Week Silver Logie for Best Presenter and shared a touching tribute to Susan in his acceptance speech (pictured with the Gold Logie he won that year)

‘It’s a privilege to be able to share my life with you’: In 2016 meanwhile, Waleed won the TV Week Silver Logie for Best Presenter and shared a touching tribute to Susan in his acceptance speech (pictured with the Gold Logie he won that year)

Last month, Waleed opened up about Zayd’s autism diagnosis on The Project and said that when he and Susan found out, it was a ‘relief.’  

‘I didn’t worry, it didn’t hit me in the face — it actually explained a lot of things and it opened up doors,’ Waleed said. 

He said that he and Susan needed to adjust their parenting but admitted that he was still worried about his son’s future. 

‘The thing that is really scary about it is you actually don’t know what their ceiling is,’ he said.

‘So all the things that you would normally take for granted like when they have a career, when they get married or whatever, you’re just facing an unknown. You don’t know if those things will ever be possible.’

Family: The pair - who have often been dubbed in the media as a 'power couple' - share two children together, 15-year-old daughter Aisha and 11-year-old son Zayd. Zayd has autism

Family: The pair – who have often been dubbed in the media as a ‘power couple’ – share two children together, 15-year-old daughter Aisha and 11-year-old son Zayd. Zayd has autism

In between juggling his commitments to the show, Waleed – who is a former lawyer – lectures at Monash University. 

He specialises in politics and international relations and has previously written a book, called People Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West.

Waleed has also written pieces for publications including The Australian and The Australian Financial Review. 

He told TV Week this month that he can’t believe he’s been nominated for the third time for a Gold Logie. 

He took home a coveted Gold gong back in 2016. 

‘It’s a touching and surprising compliment,’ Waleed TV WEEK on Thursday.

‘I’ve always held the view that I’m not designed to be a Logie winner, that Logies go to certain kinds of people and I’m not one of them. So it’s a genuine surprise each time.’ 

He does it all! In between juggling his commitments to the show, Waleed - who is a former lawyer - lectures at Monash University

He does it all! In between juggling his commitments to the show, Waleed – who is a former lawyer – lectures at Monash University

 

 

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